Simon Hurry, who also took all the pictures, writes that St Lucia in the Caribbean offers enticing travel options for all pockets.

Parrots pair up in the bougainvillea, and palms rustle in the breeze. St Lucia is an emerald inlet fringed by tropical greenery, with the Pitons, a pair of dramatically tapered mountains, on its west coast.

The Pitons of St. Lucia as photographed by Simon Hurry from the famous Beacons restaurant.

Soak in the volcanic mud baths of Soufrière, zipline through lush rainforests, or indulge in authentic island food. Explore abandoned sugar plantations, snorkel in crystal clear waters, and chase brightly colored fish in the shadow of the Pitons.

The gorgeous swells of St Lucia show the Piton mountains in the background as seen from Malaka’s boat. Picture: Simon Hurry

Thanks to tourism numbers plummeting, more than a few stately homes seemed abandoned with increased stray animals.

One of the highlights has been exploring with Malaka, who runs a boat service out of Pigeon Island National Trust for tourists. For $100, he will take you up the coast for a sightseeing and history tour. So if there are five of you, it’s only $20.00 per person, a real bargain.

Malaka is highly recommended and friendly, knowledgeable, and full of interesting snippets about this island. So if you are heading out to St Lucia, call  +758 725 2075 and experience life from a local perspective.

St Lucia pier. Picture: Simon Hurry